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Saturday, December 8, 2012

G4 Channel To Be Rebrand As The Esquire Channel

The move, which will look to court metrosexual viewers that History and Spike ignore, will include programming focused on gaming and lifestyle. In its bid for the largely untapped metrosexual viewership, NBCUniversal is set to rebrand G4 channel as the Esquire channel.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the NBCUniversal-owned cable network has closed a deal with Esquire parent Hearst Corporation to shift the former gaming network to a destination more in line with the modern male. The effort is designed to capture a growing, upscale demographic that isn't being reached through other male networks, including adrenaline-heavy Spike and History.

Some of the new programming -- which will focus on such genres as cooking, travel and fashion -- already is in production as the rebrand is expected to take place during the first half of 2013, according to sources. True to the decade-old network's heritage, there will be gaming fare as well. 11 An NBCU spokesperson declined comment.

The news comes nearly a year after NBCU cable entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer hired longtime NBC marketing executive Adam Stotsky to take the helm as general manager at G4. Earlier this fall, his team canceled the network's Attack of the Show! and X-Play, a move that followed press reports of the net's desire to include more than simply geek TV.

In exploring potential partners, NBCU had conversations with Hearts rival Conde Nast as well. For their part, NBC and Hearst Corp. have a history, having served as co-owners of A&E Networks as recently as this summer, when the former sold its 15.8 percent stake for $3.03 billion. Hearst maintains an ownership stake in the cable group, which includes Lifetime, A&E, History and Bio.

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Samuel L. Jackson Wants To Return To Star Wars Franchise

Ewan McGregor isn't the only star who would jump at the chance to reprise his role in Star Wars 7.

Samuel L. Jackson is game to return to the flick as Mace Windu as well.

 In spite of his busy schedule (he already has three films in production), the Avengers actor told us he was "excited" that more Star Wars films were on the way and would love to be a part of them.

"I'm not surprised but totally geeked by the idea of there being more Star Wars," Jackson told E! News at the Spike TV Video Game Awards Friday. "It's like, okay, Obi-Wan was dead when episode four started, so maybe everyone thinks I'm dead and we'll find out what happened to Mace Windu. I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that's still around that didn't actually die."

Sounds interesting, right?

When asked if he would definitely come back for the film, Jackson said, "Hell yeah!" 

"I could do that or be a ghost hologram. I don't care," Jackson quipped. "I just want to stay associated with the franchise. Not that I won't because I've been in three of them."

Considering the Oscar-nominated actor's long and accomplished career, what is it about the franchise that has him so excited to return to it? "I just always loved it. I always loved the idea of it, that there's this whole civilization out there somewhere else that's just as much fun and different and diverse and wild as we are."

The film is still only in the pre-production stage, but it's slated for a 2015 release. We're crossing our fingers for Jackson's return.

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KILLING THEM SOFTLY Review. Great Gangster/Crime Comedy


So what did RAMA think of KILLING THEM SOFTLY?

Make way for writer/director Andrew Dominik because he’s crafted my favorite gangster film this year. KILLING THEM SOFTLY entertains us softly and surely. It speaks to us fans of Tarantino and Guy Ritchie’s crime comedies. Brad Pitt is perfect as hitman Jackie Cogan who doesn’t understand how some people do things, who doesn’t understand why his hitman friend becomes unreliable, but Cogan gets the job done…

Based on George V. Higgin’s novel, KILLING THEM SOFTLY stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, Bella Heathcote, Vincent Curatola, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and Linara Washington, it’s about a professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game.

I spoke with director Andrew Dominik and it’s clear from this film that what he aimed to make is not a crime comedy that has lots of things going on every other five minutes or so, what he made is a crime/gangster comedy where the day seems to drag, things may not happen much for a while and so you spend time with the characters getting high or simply having a conversation inside a car. This is a dialogue-heavy film but I urge you to be sit through it and listen carefully to what they’re talking about because this may well be the best set of on screen conversations since Pulp Fiction. Embedded within the story is a theme of every man for himself, America is business and that when it comes down to it, money talks. Dominik took 1970s George Higgin’s novel, adapted it to the 2008 setting, a time of financial crisis, presidential election and bailout plan, so that setting gives motivation for the heist to cook up and the characters walk through empty streets, and pass by abandoned business places, you can tell that the economy took a huge toll on that town thus forcing its residents to take desperate measures including scheming a card game robbery. Richard Jenkins plays the guy that the mobster sends to get Jackie Cogan to do some clean up.

The many interactions between Jenkins’ character and Jackie Cogan (Pitt) is mostly about how they can come to the same page on how to deal with these few selected characters. Different opinions on the approach is the very thing that makes their interactions intriguing and irresistible. James Gandolfini plays Mickey, an old timer hitman, an old friend of Cogan’s, who was brought in to help out but Mickey turns out to be a loose canon, his personal problem and emotional breakdown keeps him from focusing and it weights even heavier on Cogan who vouches for him. So Cogan decides to take matters into his own hands. You’ll get treated with two great sequences that stand out, the opening sequence that incorporates President Obama’s speech soundbyte fading in and out, and the sequence of the death of Ray Liott’s character, it’s shot in a very beautiful, visually stunning manner, you can’t take your eyes off of it.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY is a smartly written, smartly acted, great little gangster/crime comedy that demands to be watched.

GRADE: 5 out of 5

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THE COLLECTION Review. One Helluva Bloody Good Time


Let's see if RAMA thought this film held up to the first film.

I was a huge fan of the first film, The Collector, and this sequel doesn’t disappoint at all. Sure it’s a torture porn franchise, from the guys who directed many of those SAW movies, even the editor of THE COLLECTION directed SAW VI, but THE COLLECTION is just gory fun, it’s unflinchingly brutal and plain gnarly. Filmmking team Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton must really love booby traps that aim to kill because this time around, they’ve come up with a few creatively staged traps that will make you wonder what kind of demented degenerate would come up with such film..

When Elena’s (Emma Fitzpatrick) friends take her to a secret party at an undisclosed location, she never imagined she would become the latest victim of The Collector, a psychopathic killer. The Collector kidnaps and transports her to an abandoned hotel he’s transformed into his own private maze of torture and death. Upon learning of his daughter’s disappearance, Elena’s wealthy father (Christopher McDonald) hires a group of mercenaries to retrieve her from the vicious grips of The Collector. These mercenaries coerce Arkin (Josh Stewart), the only man to have escaped the wrath of this heinous monster, to lead them through the gruesome labyrinth. Now, Arkin finds himself fighting for his own life in order to save Elena.

Josh Stewart returns as the hero in this film as the character Arkin, who SPOILER ALERT in the previous film was shoved into a box. In this sequel, Arkin (Stewart) has to face the dilemma of either walking away or saving a girl who becomes the Collector’s latest box collection, Elena, played by Emma Fitzpatrick who in certain angles, looks like Anne Hathaway’s long lost distant cousin. Arkin is smart, vulnerable, and his conscience gets the better of him whereas Elena is more confident than your average horror queen that’s usually there only to scream, Elena is the kind of horror leading lady who, when cornered, would step up to the plate and do whatever it takes to survive. In the first film, Arkin sorta faced the same dilemma because he was a thief who suddenly went toe to toe against a much bigger and deathly threat, in THE COLLECTION, Arkin, after having spent time with The Collector, has the benefit of knowing how the Collector would do his things, Arkin knows which route to take.

THE COLLECTION is essentially a rescue mission that hits the fan and everything goes haywire. Dunstan and Melton set up two places rigged by death machines that would result in characters’ death or dismemberment. Some are meant solely for shock value, some do compliment the plot. It’s thrilling, scary, cruel, and filled with fantastic old school practical effects that can kick today’s CG effects. Sequels, especially horror sequels tend to stink real bad, but I’m surprised by how well-structured THE COLLECTION is, in terms of the story and how the characters would prevail, it leads to a rather satisfying ending that gives the villain what he deserves. THE COLLECTION is one helluva bloody good time at the theater.

GRADE: 4 out of 5

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Nicolas Winding Refn To Direct The Equalizer

The "Drive" helmer beats out a number of contenders for the Sony thriller based on the 1980s TV series.

Nicolas Winding Refn is in early talks to helm Sony's big-screen remake of 1980s TV series The Equalizer.

The project, scheduled to go into production in late spring, will star Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a veteran covert operative who, seeking redemption for his dark deeds, quits a CIA-like agency and puts a classified advertisement in the paper that reads simply: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer."

Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) penned the screenplay.

Refn became a hot commodity following his breakout Drive, for which he won top directing honors at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. For the Equalizer gig, the New York-born Denmark-reared helmer beat out a number of contenders. Sony began meeting with directors back in August but took its time before making an offer to Refn.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch are producing through their Sony-based Escape Artists banner. Washington, Alex Siskin, Mace Neufeld, Tony Eldridge, Michael Sloan and David Bloomfield also will serve in a producing capacity. Andrea Giannetti and Hannah Minghella are overseeing for Sony.

The TV show, starring Edward Woodward and created by Michael Sloan and Richard Lindheim, ran from 1985-89 on CBS.

The studio has set an April 11, 2014, release date for the film adaptation. Refn followed up the Ryan Gosling-toplined Drive with another film starring the actor, Only God Forgives, which will bow May 23. 

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First Poster For Oblivion Starring Tom Cruise

Here is the first poster for Oblivion.

Oblivion, directed by Tron Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski, takes place in a world where Earth has been badly damaged by decades of war with an alien race known as the Scavs.

Most of the population lives above the planet, but Cruise’s Jack Harper is a drone repairman, stationed on the Earth to keep the robo-guardians of the place active against enemy incursion. But his mission is interrupted when he rescues a beautiful stranger (Andrea Riseborough) from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that makes him question everything he knows… (Cue dramatic musical string, which we’d guess might be an Inception-style parp of horns).

With Melissa Leo, Olga Kurylenko and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau also in the cast, Oblivion is set to hit theaters in April 2013.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Image From The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

A third EW-sourced Hobbit snap has been revealed online – following on from the Legolas There And Back Again number, as well as a new look at Barry Humphries' Goblin King – and it's all kinds of shiny. Oh, and it's from the second of the three Hobbit films, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

Featuring Bilbo the "burglar" on all fours by Smaug's immense pile of gold, it's a great bit of teasing from team Jackson. Is it looking at Smaug at this point? What does Smaug look like? Why is Bilbo wearing that natty blue top? Have they reused any footage from The Goonies to fill out Smaug The Golden's magnificent haul?

 Only the cast, crew and Peter Jackson's iPad have the answers. Oh, and people who've seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, who will have already seen a couple of snippets of Benedict Cumberbatch's wyrm, the lucky swine.

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Hitchcock Review. Doesn't Get Much Beyond The Superficial

Hitchcock Review
By: MattInRC

The biopic Hitchcock doesn't get much beyond the superficial; but you'll enjoy the creepy comedic experience anyways.

The films of director Alfred Hitchcock represent some of the greatest of 20th Century cinema: Psycho, North By Northwest, Vertigo, and my favorite Notorious could appear anywhere on a videophile's top 50. There was a grace to Hitch's films, achieving more than merely matching beautiful blondes to good looking men, but wrapping them in terrific stories that grayed everyone's motives before hitting us with suprising and sometimes frightening endings. And while his inventive camera work took us on a visual lecture of Direction 101, it was the man behind some of the most compelling movies in history that have raised the biggest questions. Hitchcock doesn't try to answer too many of those, settling instead on a dramedy that's thin on accuracy but fat with a deep and talented cast. Unfortunately, it's this lack of depth which gives Hitchcock more of a diet drink feel than a deep and satisfying experience for the senses.

Fresh off his success with North By Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins, Titus) is searching for his next project, when the story of Ed Gein (Michael Wincott, Alien: Resurrection) and the loosely-based novel Psycho lands in his lap. The studios expect Hitch to create another brilliant psychoanalysis of humanity, not a straight-up horror flick. But Hitchcock, feeling as if he's in a rut, takes on Psycho and its graphic storyline by first introducing it to the L.A. press corps, many of whom shudder at the disturbing images which are laid out in front of them. Hitchcock's stunning success has also become a hindrance, leading many studios to reject his pitch outright rather than recognizing his brilliance and desire to reinvent himself. Determined to see the project green-lit, Hitch enlists the aid of his wife/off-set collaborator Alma Reville (Helen Mirren, The Queen) to personally finance the project at the sacrifice of their home and comfortable lifestyle. The duo have been married for so long that their affection towards each other is hidden deep under script revisions and long nights of shooting and editing. Still, Reville desires the attention of her husband, but only receives tacit approval as Hitch sits in the bathtub reading another review. As the script comes into form (with the help of a cameo by Ralph Macchio), Hitchcock hires the elusive beauty Janet Leigh (Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers) to play Marion Crane, along with the fading starlet Vera Miles (Jessica Biel, Total Recall 2012). As production delays and a failed early cut of the film create unforseen strains, Hitchcock learns that Reville is considering a tryst with writer Whitfield Cook (Danny Huston, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), whose ulterior motives rear their head late in the third act.

Rather than focusing on Psycho's production, Hitchcock is a story of relationships, inserting us into the role of a bird landing at various times to pick up that vital twig needed to build our nest someplace else. Helen Mirren casts a heretofore unknown light on Alma Reville, demonstrating her tenacity in picking up the pieces during Hitch's illness while charming the president of Paramount, whom she summarily dismisses when he attempts to bring in another director to finish Psycho. Hopkins nails Hitch, plain and simple - his dry wit and sardonic tone are there for us to enjoy, right up to the film's final and hilarious scene. He portrays Hitchcock as both an egotist and a voyeur, compelled to find the perfect blonde to star in his films at the potential expense of his marriage. When one considers the journey of most men to find that 'perfect woman,' Hitchcock becomes more a of a personal journey, documenting the fidelity issues that can commonly unwind any marriage regardless of wealth or fame. The realization that Hitchcock's bedrock in Reville might decide to carry on an affair is crushing to both the director and the audience. But those moments leading up to and after Alma's soul search are some of the film's best, whether it be Hitch's binge eating, or his desire for drink as Alma prunes the rosebushes. These exchanges feel like an old but favored t-shirt, and we're at once familiar with every fiber and hole created by years of wear, yet unable to get closer than arm's length to it. We come to admire the duo, not for their big screen accomplishments, but for the careful humanity they practice towards each other that was part and parcel of the 1950's.

Having raised Hopkins and Mirren to deservedly starry heights, it's hard to get past the rather stale performances of nearly everyone else, from Johansson to Biel and everyone in between. Many of these performances, which are limited to single scenes, feel almost as if newcomer Director Sacha Gervasi had hired them as cameos. All of them feel too practiced and come off a little stoggy for even Hitchcock himself. In the end, we're reminded that we're watching Johansson play Janet Leigh, and Beil play Vera Miles instead of losing ourselves in their performances. The blame could lay on Writer John McLaughlin (Black Swan), whose script incorrectly assumes that moviegoers are intimate with both Psycho and the actors of 1950's Hollywood. Without this pre-existing knowledge, one might find many of the jokes and quips as mere unfunny insider rubbish than important plot points. Thus, McLaughlin's uneven script bounces around too much, sacrificing important backstories for intimate and unnecessary details about Psycho's production. Rather than learning more about Miles' diminishing star or Leigh's Hollywood street cred, we witness uncomfortable scenes of Hitchcock traveling in the mind of Gein, or Tony Perkins (James D'Arcy, Master and Commander) audition with Hitch. And while not all is lost here - the creepy-funny tone throughout Hitchcock is at many times very rewarding - a story needs tone and depth, and our film has the previous in copious amounts but intensely misses the latter.

Hitchcock isn't terrible by any means, although audiences would benefit greatly from watching Psycho prior to arriving at the theater. Most will probably laugh regardless if they do their homework, as Gervasi and McLaughlin have concocted a fun but superficial production. Hopkins and Mirren will probably play Oscar bridesmaids rather than brides, but it shouldn't keep you from seeing Hitchcock. And just like that diet drink, one might enjoy the fizz but quickly forget the taste once the credits begin to roll. Hitchcock is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 93 minutes.

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Ric Roman Waugh To Direct Tipping Point

Relativity Signs on Ric Roman Waugh to Direct Sci-Fi Thriller Currently-Titled Tipping Point.

Relativity Media announced today it has closed a deal with Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, Snitch) to direct and rewrite the sci-fi thriller currently-titled Tipping Point, based on the original screenplay from Todd Stein.

Tipping Point is a tense, riveting sci-fi thriller that paints an ominous picture of the world 100 years into the future. With the world’s population approaching 10 billion, the penalty for having children without a license is death – no questions, no excuses, and no mercy. Ruthless Population Control Officer Solomon Cage lives only for his job, until the day he discovers two fugitives he’s been pursuing are the love of his life who mysteriously disappeared years ago and the 12-year-old son he never knew he had.

Producing are Temple Hill Entertainment’s Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga) and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga) alongside Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) and Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane (The Double). Relativity’s president Tucker Tooley (Immortals) and Industry Entertainment’s Jess Rosenthal (Fire With Fire) will serve as executive producers.

Waugh’s next film, Snitch, the fast-paced, action- thriller starring Dwayne Johnson, John Bernthal, Barry Pepper, Michael K. Williams, Melina Kanakaredes, Benjamin Bratt, and Susan Sarandon opens February 2, 2013.

Up next, Relativity will release the outrageous ensemble comedy Movie 43 (in theatres January 25, 2013), the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling Safe Haven (in theatres February 14, 2013), the comedy 21 and Over (in theatres March 1, 2013) and the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia (in theatres October 4, 2013). Relativity is currently in post-production on Scott Cooper’s gritty dramatic thriller currently-titled Out of the Furnace and Luc Besson’s darkly comedic action film Malavita (October 18, 2013) with EuropaCorp.

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Thanks to Theonering.net, we got a hold 13-minute featurette that takes you behind the scenes with the cast and crew explaining the process to you.

The Hobbit is a series of three epic fantasy-adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937). The films are, by subtitle, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ghostbusters 3 Is Close According To Dan Aykroyd

Sony has yet to sign off on the long-awaited third installment, but it's getting closer, despite Bill Murray's decision to not participate.

Good news, Ghostbusters fans: The third installment in the franchise is still being planned. The bad news? There's still that sticky matter of getting it approved, funded and produced.

In a new interview with Esquire, series co-creator (and vodka salesman) Dan Aykroyd says that despite all the bumps in the road in trying to create a second sequel over 20 years after the first, the franchise's producers have agreed on a screenplay draft and are "closer than we've ever been" to making the film. And no, it does not include Bill Murray, who famously decided not to play Peter Venkman for another go-round. Yet legally, Aykroyd says he no longer needs Murray's permission to make the film, despite his producer rights.

"He abrogated his rights by sort of, by saying, two years ago he said, 'I don't want to be involved,' and the picture company I think had some clause in there that if he actually passed on the third of fourth offer, he no longer has a view of the franchise," Aykroyd asserted. A previous version with Murray was written by The Office scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and Aykroyd lamented Murray's decision.

"Had Billy chosen to do the Eisenberg/Stupnitsky script of two years ago, it would be out this summer, and it would be a massive hit," Aykroyd said. "If Billy had said yes, it would have satisfied his … performing skill and how he wanted to be depicted in the movie."

As for the actual draft, Aykroyd says that it would include new members of the Ghostbusters -- a "next generation" -- to whom he and co-star Harold Ramis would hand the ghost traps.

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Timothy Olyphant Joins Bone Tomahawk

Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant is set to star opposite Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter in Bone Tomahawk. That film is described as a brutally violent horror-Western that will serve as the feature directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler. Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are producing through their Caliber Media Co. banner. Production is slated for a spring 2013 start in New Mexico.

In Bone Tomahawk, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization. Olyphant will play John Brooder, an eloquent sharpshooter who moved to the frontier in order to satisfy the dark impulses that lie beneath his polished exterior.

In January, Olyphant reprises his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the fourth season of FX’s Justified, and his most recent feature starring roles were I Am Number Four and Live Free Or Die Hard, and he lent his voice to Rango.

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Channing Tatum Added To New G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Poster

Here is the new poster for G.I. JOE: RETALIATION and look who is added to Channing Tatum. Reshoots?

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION starring Channing Tatum as Duke, Ray Park as Snake Eyes, Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, Elodie Yung as Jinx, DJ Cotrona as Flint, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, RZA as The Blind Master and Ray Stevenson as Firefly, Bruce Willis as General Joe Colton, Walton Goggins as Warden Nigel James, directed by John Chu (Step Up 3D, Never Say Never) Joseph Mazello will play a Joe named Mouse G.I. JOE: RETALIATION opens March 29th, 2013

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Tyler Perry’s TEMPTATION Poster

Seduction is the devil's playground…

Lionsgate's upcoming film, Tyler Perry’s TEMPTATION, is "provocative…sexually and otherwise," according to director Tyler Perry. His newest film pushes the boundaries of sin, sex and obsession as it explores one relationship and the unexpected consequences of infidelity. With a steamy cast, starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell (of Friday Night Lights fame), Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, and Brandy Norwood, this is one movie you won't want to miss!

A bold exploration of the intrigue and perils of infidelity, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor is a compelling love story that dives straight into the heart of obsessive passion. “It’s about a woman who starts to get restless in her relationship and her choice to be with another man has a huge effect on the rest of her life,” explains screenwriter/producer/director Tyler Perry. “She goes on a journey – in her career and in her marriage – and she ends up in a very different place than she expected.” In a departure from his previous dramas, this explosive film finds Perry exploring the nature of desire – and just how powerful and dangerous a taste of the forbidden can be. “This is definitely one of the most provocative movies – sexually and otherwise – that I’ve made,” says the director. “There are a lot of people who struggle in their relationships. They make bad choices about their marriages. They get divorced. And so many of them don’t step out of their situation and really think about the consequences of what they’re doing. This movie asks, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It sends up a flag.”

Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones, Renee Taylor and Brandy Norwood and is written for the screen, produced and directed by Tyler Perry. Lionsgate and TPS Present, A TPS/Lionsgate Production, A Film by Tyler Perry.

Catch TEMPTATION in theaters everywhere March 29, 2013.

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THE HUSH, HUSH SAGA Coming To The Big Screen


On the heels of the publication of the final installment of Becca Fitzpatrick’s international best-selling series, THE HUSH, HUSH SAGA, LD Entertainment, the studio behind THE GREY and THE COLLECTION, has optioned the film rights to the four young adult novels. Patrick Sean Smith, creator of the acclaimed television series, "Greek," will adapt the screenplay with production expected to begin in the fall of 2013.

First published in 2010 by Simon & Schuster, HUSH, HUSH was on The New York Times bestseller list for 36 weeks and has been sold in over 35 countries with over two million copies in print in the US. Fitzpatrick wrote three additional novels with the final installment of the series, FINALE, which went on-sale on October 23rd, 2012.

HUSH, HUSH centers on sixteen-year-old Nora Grey whose life quickly changes when she meets Patch, a mysterious new bad boy in school. Her instincts tell her to stay away from him, but Nora can't help being drawn to his undeniable charm. As they get closer, Nora finds herself in dangerous inexplicable situations and begins to realize that Patch is actually a fallen angel with harmful intentions.

Said Fitzpatrick, "Fans of the book have been clamoring for a movie since HUSH, HUSH debuted and I'm thrilled to let them know that the film rights have sold to LD Entertainment. It's exciting to think that Patch and Nora's story will be brought to life on the big screen."

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Star Trek Into Darkness Announcement Video & Japanese Trailer

It's finally here. The first teaser trailer for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. We also include the Japanese version of the trailer which contains more footage.

In Summer 2013, pioneering director J.J. Abrams will deliver an explosive action thriller that takes “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.11 As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Watch the trailer after the Jump...

The film stars John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller, directed by J.J. Abrams

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS opens in 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters, May 17, 2013.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ender’s Game Image Of Harrison Ford

Anyone who has read Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, it’s challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but it’s an even taller order to capture the novel’s complex themes about war and morality. Fortunately for fans of the book, the long wait for a film adaptation is (almost) over. Ender’s Game will hit theaters on Nov. 1, 2013 (Lionsgate has just launched the film’s official Facebook page)

In the photo above, we get a first glimpse of Hugo’s Asa Butterfield (right) as Ender, standing in line with other new recruits (a.k.a. “Launchies”) early on at his time in the Battle School. He’s facing off with the imposing Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) over whether his emails to home are being blocked. It’s telling that the two characters are clashing over communication, since they’ve got major communication issues with each other. In the novel, Ender could never be sure whether Graff was manipulating him, or whether he simply saw great potential in him and wanted to foster it.

The actors tried to mirror their characters’ emotions. “The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,” explains Hood, “but he didn’t overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.” Getting intimidated by Indiana Jones himself? Sounds like a cinch! What was harder for the cast of children (Check out the full cast gallery) was filming the movie while going to school. “The kids have to attend school for at least three hours of class every day, plus do homework, so you can only shoot with someone like Asa for five hours of your day,” says Hood. “There was no time for fooling about or not knowing your lines or being unprepared.”

To everyone’s delight, Butterfield (along with every child actor) proved himself a true professional. “Asa being prepared meant that we could focus on the scenes, and these are complicated scenes for a young actor,” says Hood. Bringing to life those “complicated” emotions was made easier by the fact that the recruits in the film are a bit older than the Launchies in the novel, who arrive at the Battle School when they are just six and grow into young adults. “I discussed this at length with Orson,” says Hood. “The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.” Hood said the decision was mostly a practical one: “When you sit down for two hours, you’re just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you’re bonding with someone who’s meant to be the same person, but you know he’s a different actor.”

Despite that change, Hood wants fans of the novel to know that he holds Ender’s Game, the book, in high esteem. (We already know he maintained the emotion-monitoring chip on the back of Ender’s neck.) “I am a fan,” he says, “and I have had a desire to do this and have been working on this now for nearly four years.” To that end, the director promises that the book’s dark ending (which I won’t spoil here) has remained fully in tact. “That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book, ” says Hood. “I promise you that it is very much there.” All together now: Phew!

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Jack Reacher Clip. 5 Vs 1

We’re creeping ever closer to Tom Cruise bringing Lee Child’s Jack Reacher to our screens, and now a new clip from the film is online courtesy of IGN. Point your eyeballs to the top of the page to see Jack in action – but beware of stray elbows.

This latest snippet is, of course, intended to demonstrate once and for all that Cruise has what it takes to embody Child’s bruiser of a vigilante. And to be honest, he pulls it off nicely, schooling the five thugs who think they’ve cornered an easy target in the art of pain.

Jack Reacher, adapted from Child’s book One Shot by writer/director Chris McQuarrie, finds the title character called in when a former military sniper stands accused of killing five people during a shooting spree.

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He insists he’s innocent and demands that Reacher investigate. But when Jack peels back the layers of the case, he discovers much more danger that he initially figured, especially from mysterious crime figure The Zec, played by Werner Herzog.

With Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Robert Duvall and Jai Courtney among the cast.

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Miley Cyrus Is SO UNDERCOVER. On VOD February 2013


Miley Cyrus, Autumn Reeser, Alexis Knapp, Joshua Bowman, Kelly Osbourne and Jeremy Piven Star in the Action-Comedy.

Available on VOD, DVD and Blu-Ray on February 5, 2013.

Millennium Entertainment proudly announces the VOD, DVD and Blu-ray release of So Undercover for February 5, 2013. The action-comedy stars Miley Cyrus along with Autumn Reeser, Alexis Knapp, Joshua Bowman, Kelly Osbourne and Jeremy Piven and will be available VOD, DVD at an SRP of $28.98 and Blu-ray at an SRP of $29.98.

She may be a tough-as-nails, street-smart private investigator, but when Molly (Cyrus) is drafted by the FBI to go undercover in a college sorority, she quickly discovers she’s way out of her element amongst a sisterhood of snooty, high maintenance, materialistic college girls. But Molly accepts the top-secret mission in order to protect the daughter of a key witness in a case against the mob.

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NOT FADE AWAY Soundtrack Information & Video




NOT FADE AWAY, the widely anticipated feature film debut from The Sopranos creator David Chase is an ode to the transformative power of rock ‘n’ roll. In 1964, the Rolling Stones appear on television and three best friends from the suburbs of New Jersey decide to form a rock band. The film stars John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini.11

The film’s forthcoming soundtrack on ABKCO Records chronicles the sounds that inspired a generation to pursue dreams of rock stardom and glory. The soundtrack, set for digital release on December 18th, will be available at iTunes and all other digital download stores. Not Fade Away, a Paramount Vantage film, opens in select theaters on December 21st, 2012.

Because music is so central to the film, Chase worked closely with executive producer Steven Van Zandt in compiling recordings that are evocative of the era and propel the narrative of Chase’s screenplay. Van Zandt played Silvio Dante in Chase’s The Sopranos over the course of the groundbreaking series’ six seasons on HBO and in 2002, created “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” a nationally syndicated rock radio show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He is a long-standing member of the E Street Band.

Thanks to Van Zandt’s efforts, the film’s soundtrack includes music from the Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Sex Pistols, James Brown, The Rascals, Van Morrison, Robert Johnson, Elmore James and many others. The soundtrack album also includes several songs performed by the band members portrayed in the film by actors Magaro and Huston, who cut their own vocal tracks, which were produced by Van Zandt. “Tell Me” and “Parachute Woman” are two classic Rolling Stones tracks featured on the Not Fade Away soundtrack release.

Van Zandt commented, "David Chase realizes that in film, like Bruce Springsteen in music, the more detailed, accurate, and nuanced the personal vision, the more compelling the work ends up being. Helping David realize his vision was one of the most satisfying projects of my life. Watching these young actors meet every challenge we threw at them was also quite inspiring." Chase added, “Music is obviously the soul of this film. And working on the music, especially with Steven, was certainly the favorite part. John Magaro and Jack Huston sing on these tracks and they really stand up.”

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The ABKCO soundtrack includes the original versions of the songs that inspired the formation of the band whose story is at the core of the film, as well as music played by the band as heard in the film.

Not Fade Away - Track listing  
“There Was a Time” – James Brown
“Tell Me” – The Rolling Stones
“Ride On Baby” – The Twylight Zones*
“Bo Diddley” – Bo Diddley
“Bo Diddley” – The Twylight Zones
“Subterranean Homesick Blues” – The Twylight Zones*
“Parachute Woman” – The Rolling Stones*
“Go Now” – The Moody Blues
“Time Is On My Side” – The Twylight Zones
“Dust My Broom” – Elmore James
 “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart” – The Rascals
“Good Morning Blues” – Lead Belly
“Train Kept A Rollin’” – Johnny Burnette & The Rock N’ Roll Trio*
 “Train Kept A Rollin’” – The Twylight Zones
“Pretty Ballerina” – The Left Banke
“Down So Low” – Mother Earth
“Itchycoo Park” – The Small Faces
“Me and the Devil Blues” – Robert Johnson
“The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” – The Twylight Zones
 “T.B. Sheets” – Van Morrison
“Some Velvet Morning” – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
 “Bali Ha’i” (From South Pacific) – Original Motion Picture Cast “Road Runner” – The Sex Pistols “Pipeline” – The Twylight Zones
“She Belongs To Me” – Bob Dylan Digital Bonus Track:
“Surgical Supply Jingle”

*Tracks not included in the film. Executive Soundtrack Album Producer David Chase Soundtrack Album Produced by Steven Van Zandt Original Musical Performances by The Twylight Zones: Bob Bandiera Gary Tallent Max Weinberg Steven Van Zandt Arranged & Produced by Steven Van Zandt



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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Jamie Foxx Confirmed For The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Alongside the news that Chronicle's Dane DeHaan has been cast as Harry Osborn is the official confirmation that Jamie Foxx, long mooted as a potential Electro, will indeed by playing the high voltage villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The director of the original Amazing Spider-Man, Marc Webb, is also back on board — perhaps no surprise considering its $751 million box office haul earlier this year — who essentially let slip that Foxx was on board in early November.

Talking to ET, Foxx is reported as saying his character is "a genius electrician-type person and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world... The next thing you know, he turns it on."11 Marvel's official line on the character, however, goes a bit more like this:

"Raised by his overprotective mother, after his father abandoned them, Max had ambitions of being an electrical engineer. However, after being convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough to pursue such a career, Max instead reluctantly took a job as a lineman for an electric company.

"While repairing a power line still connected to its spool, Max Dillon was struck by lightning. Instead of being killed, the freak accident caused a mutagenic change in his nervous system, allowing him to generate and control vast amounts of electricity. After creating a colorful costume, Max turned to a life of crime as Electro."

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Could Terminator 5 Be On It's Way?

Although it's well over a year since the deal for further Terminator films was announced, it's taken this long for the contract between Annapurna Productions and Pacificorp to be signed and sealed. With all the necessary bits dotted and crossed however, Terminator 5, in whatever form it takes, can finally move forward. And the first step on the road is new producer David Ellison.

The Terminator franchise is in some ways an odd acquistion for Annapurna, which has leaned towards indie and arthouse to date, backing the likes of The Master, Lawless and Zero Dark Thirty. In that light, Ellison's arrival makes a great deal of sense. The brother of Annapurna's founder Megan Ellison, he brings major mainstream chops via his own company Skydance, which shepherded Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, Jack Ryan and Star Trek Into Darkness into production.

Those projects, you'll notice, all have a home at Paramount, although there's nothing to suggest that the studio is on board for any Terminator action at this point.

Various Terminators have been mooted in the period of development hell since McG's Salvation, but all, including the most recent version that Justin Lin was involved with, seem now to have been scrapped. Annapurna and Skydance will be starting from scratch, and the immediate next job is to find a screenwriter. 

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On behalf of A24, we are pleased to share the official trailer for A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III, capturing the film in all it's fun and offbeat way! When Charles' seemingly perfect life is shattered by his true love, the support of his loyal closest intimates makes for an entertaining recovery… to say the least. Roman Coppola's latest project stars an A-list cast including Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Patricia Arquette and Aubrey Plaza, bringing this playful adventure to life. Go ahead and take a Glimpse!

Set in a stylized Los Angeles, ‘A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III’ is a playful comedy of lost love, friendship, revenge fantasies, and Brandy Alexanders. Charles (Charlie Sheen) is a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have provided him with a seemingly perfect life. When his true love, a perplexing beauty named Ivana, suddenly breaks off their relationship, Charles’ life falls apart and he swirls into a downward spiral of doubt, confusion and reflection. With the support of his loyal intimates— Kirby (Jason Schwartzman), Saul (Bill Murray), and his sister, Izzy (Patricia Arquette) -- he begins the hard road of self-evaluation to come to terms with a life without Ivana. The film begs the question: Is it possible to love and hate someone at the same time?

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Terminator, The Remastered Blu-ray In Stores Feb. 19th

Terminator, The Remastered Blu-ray, in this newly remastered film, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the most fierce and relentless killing machine ever to threaten the survival of mankind.

An indestructible cyborg — a Terminator (Schwarzenegger) — is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the woman whose unborn son will become humanity’s only hope in a future war against machines. This legendary sci-fi thriller from pioneering writer/director James Cameron, written with Gale Anne Hurd, fires an arsenal of action and heart-stopping suspense that never lets up!

Special Features:
**Remastered Theatrical Feature Blu-ray
**7 Deleted Scenes
**Creating The Terminator: Visual Effects & Music
**Terminator: A Retrospective Terminator,

The Remastered Blu-ray Street Date: February 19, 2013
Screen Format: Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA, Spanish: 5.1 Dolby Digital, French: DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH/Spanish/French
U.S. Rating: R (Restricted Under 17)
Total Run Time: 108 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Rumor: DARKSEID Is The Villain in Upcoming Justice League Film

Latinoreview does it again with another great scoop. They let us in on who will be the main villain in the upcoming Justice League film. It's non other then DARKSEID.

DARKSEID is the ruler of Apokolips and Darkseid’s Elite and was a major player in the cosmic war that was the Final Crisis. Unto the hell that is Apokolips came DARKSEID, malice personified, a merciless tyrant who demanded unwavering devotion and abject fear from all his subjects. A being of unparalleled strength, DARKSEID nevertheless preferred not to sully his gloves with combat unless provoked to action. His eyes emitted the formidable Omega Sanction, ray beams that could disintegrate, teleport, or resurrect depending on the dread lord’s wishes. His sole mission in life was to find and gain control over the Anti-Life Equation which would give him the means to usurp all free will in the sentient universe. DARKSEID first appeared in Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134 (December, 1970), and was created by Jack Kirby.

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THE GREY — the hit film starring Liam Neeson and directed by Joe Carnahan, which opened to number one in January 2012 and took in over $50 million at the U.S. boxoffice — will return to the big screen on December 7, 2012 for exclusive limited two-week engagements at the Laemmle Monica inSanta Monica and at the Laemmle Town Center in Encino.

Members of the following film industry guilds and awards organizations will be able to usetheir official guild cards for free entrance to see THE GREY during the exclusive engagements at the Laemmle Monica and the Laemmle Town Center: AMPAS, ACE, ADG, ASC, BAFTA, CAS, DGA, HFPA,MPEG, MPSE, PGA, SAG NOM COM, WGA.11

Showtimes for THE GREY at the Laemmle Monica beginning Friday, December 7 are: Daily at 1:20pm, 4:10pm, 7:10pm and 9:50pm.

Showtimes for THE GREY at the Laemmle Town Center beginning Friday, December 7 are: Fri & Sat: 1:20, 4:10, 7:10 & 9:50
Sun-Thu: 1:20, 4:10, 7:10

Critical praise for THE GREY came from A.O. Scott of The New York Times who wrote, “A fine movie! Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo are all excellent. An elemental tale of survival in brutal circumstances, as blunt and effective — and also, at times, as lyrical — as a tale by Jack London or Ernest Hemingway. Every moment, every frame, feels alive!” The New York Post’s Kyle Smith called THE GREY, “Beautifully crafted.” Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, “Terrifically exciting! Liam Neeson is just tremendous! Hold on tight! It’s a true call of the wild! The movie chills you to the bone!” And Karen Durbin wrote in Elle magazine, “Liam Neeson gets the role his talent and tragedy deserve in ‘The Grey’. Neeson deepens this gripping action flick into a brave and powerful meditation on devastating loss.” Directed by Joe Carnahan, in THE GREY, Liam Neeson leads an unruly group of oil-rig roughnecks (played by Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Joe Anderson, James Badge Dale and Nonso Anozie) when their plane crashes into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Battling mortal injuries and mercilessweather, the survivors have only a few days to escape the icy elements – and a vicious pack of rogue wolves on the hunt – before their time runs out.

THE GREY was produced byJules Daly, Joe Carnahan, Ridley Scott and Mickey Liddell. Based on the short story “Ghost Walker”by Ian Mackenzie Jeffers. Screenplay byJoe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers.

THE GREY is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.


Founded in 2011 by AMC Entertainment Inc. (AMC) and Regal Entertainment Group (Regal), the two largest theatrical exhibition and entertainment companies in the UnitedStates, Open Road Films is a dynamic, acquisition-based domestic theatrical distribution company. Recently Open Road Films released END OF WATCH, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, written and directed by David Ayer, which opened to number one at the box office and has taken in nearly $40 million to date. Open Road Films’ first releases were Killer Elite, the action-thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro and The Grey, the action thriller starring Liam Neeson and directed by Joe Carnahan, which opened to number one at the box office in January 2012 and has taken in over $50 million to date. Upcoming releases include: AHaunted House, a comedy starring Marlon Wayans and Cedric The Entertainer, opening January 11, 2013; Side Effects, a thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh starring Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones to be released February 8, 2013; The Host, based on Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling book, starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger and William Hurt, and directed by AndrewNiccol, scheduled for release on March 29, 2013. More info on Open Road Films at:www.openroadfilms.com, www.facebook.com/OpenRoadFilms and @OpenRoadFilms.

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Pixar's Monsters University Teaser Posters

Before you look at the new Monsters University teaser posters below, know this: you are about to have serious letterman jacket envy.  

Frustratingly, even if you head over to the still-really-rather-impressive Monsters University website, there's no way you can order yourself a proper letterman jacket. Disney! Pixar! Have you no mercy?

Anyway, here are the posters in question, one with Mike & Sully in their dorm and another complete with some appropriately-titled books littering the floor. Would you read 'Scareonomics' if it was in your local library? It's a pretty safe bet...

Monsters University arrives on June 21, 2013.

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Win Tickets to An Advance Screening For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey In Sacramento

Win your tickets to see an advance screening for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey! The screening is on December 10th @ 7:00PM at Century Stadium 14 in Sacramento.

The Hobbit is a series of three epic fantasy-adventure films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Hobbit (1937). The films are, by subtitle, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, due for theatrical release in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

The series acts as a prequel to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings series and will star Ian McKellen, reprising his role as Gandalf, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug. Several other actors will reprise their roles from The Lord of the Rings, including Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom. Also returning for the production are a significant part of the production crew: among others, co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, illustrators John Howe and Alan Lee, art director Dan Hennah, and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie. As with the original trilogy, props will generally be crafted by Weta Workshop and visual effects managed by Weta Digital. Additionally, composer Howard Shore, who wrote the score for The Lord of the Rings, has confirmed his involvement in the first two parts of the film project. The most significant new involvement in the trilogy is the participation of Guillermo del Toro, originally chosen to direct the films, as co-writer.


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Question. How many FPS was the film shot in?

Send your answer to sandwichjohnfilmsgiveaways@yahoo.com with The Hobbit in subject line, with correct answer. I will randomly select winners.

Good Luck!

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Star Trek Into Darkness Teaser Poster

We think that's Benedict Cumberbatch in the shiny jacket with the dark hair, overlooking a devastated city through a hole echoing the Starfleet logo. Poster fans among you will instantly see echoes of The Dark Knight Rises teaser poster, but there are worse models to take.

Judging by a few familiar buildings on this skyline, that's 23rd century London that's been devastated by... something or someone. If you look closely you'll see the Gherkin and what looks like the London Eye, as well as Lloyds, the Shard and Tower 42. Given that G.I. Joe 2 already promises to devastate the capital next year, it looks like 2013 is a bad year to be a Londoner. On the bright side, British architects can feel pretty smug that Hollywood expects their buildings to last another 400 years.

The poster follows on the heels (nacelles?) of the recently released synopsis, which – skip ahead if you’re in any way worried about spoilers, though it’s pretty basic – reads thusly: “When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis.

“With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

So, yes… lots of action promised, perhaps some deep emotion and likely enough Benedict Cumberbatch to keep his fans happy, whoever he turns out to be playing.

We’re also promised that the poster will count down to the first trailer arriving. Excitement levels growing… We cannae take much more o’ this waitin’!11 Still, we’ll all have to be patient until May 17 to see Star Trek Into Darkness on the big screen, although those who go to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey can sample about nine minutes from December 13.

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Dane DeHaan Cast As Harry Osborn In The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Well, that didn't take too long: mere weeks after the search for someone to play Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit the news radars, director Marc Webb has announced his choice of Dane DeHaan.

Most readers will probably recognise the actor as Andrew, the troubled, telekinetic teen who causes so many problems in Chronicle. But he’s also been seen this year in the likes of Lawless and, briefly, Lincoln.

He’s a great choice for the role, especially given his work on Chronicle, and the intensity/humanity he brought to the role. Harry, of course, is the son of Norman Osborn and who becomes a friend to Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield). But we all know that things go decidedly sour down the road.

Right now, the filmmakers are largely keeping quiet about what we can expect from the further adventures of Spidey, but with Garfield and Stone back as Peter and Gwen, and Shailene Woodley all but confirmed as Mary Jane, the plot will surely thicken. The job of chucking in narrative Oxo cubes has gone to Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman, with Jeff Pinkner also taking a crack at the original draft written by James Vanderbilt.

DeHaan will also be seen in Beat generation murder mystery Kill Your Darlings and true-life West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot, both of which should hit next year. The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is scheduled to swing in on April 18, 2014.

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Superman Man Of Steel Poster

Moody and gritty seem so far to be the watchwords for Zack Snyder and Warner Bros.’ new take on Superman in Man Of Steel.

Taken from the teaser, it shows Henry Cavill’s Supes in handcuffs being marched down a hallway by soldiers. Obviously we figure Big Red is letting himself be captured in this way – that, or those manacles are somehow fashioned from Kryptonite. Whatever it is, we’ll find out in due course.

It’s an intriguing image, blurry and stylish, though somewhat of an odd choice for a teaser. But then, traditional doesn’t seem to be the path for this latest Superhero offering and a little originality is good for the soul.

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